It's easy to make a case for Minecraft as a teaching tool for science and math, but how can it help with English? What can a game about virtual building blocks do for reading and writing skills? According to recent studies, apparently quite a lot! Minecraft is surrounded by a "culture of literacy" that makes complex, jargony walkthroughs as engaging as the gameplay itself. "Games, it seems, can motivate kids to read—and to read way above their level," writes Wired reporter Clive Thompson.